Mentre ancora non ho trovato il tempo di dedicare una gallery al mio progetto del 2016, sono veramente fortunata ed onorata che in tanti ne abbiano parlato con entusiasmo. In Giugno ho rilasciato una bella intervista a Lea Vendramel di Cina in Italia, che mi ha fatto anche la gentilezza di pubblicarla in doppia lingua italiano-cinese rendendola così fruibile ad un pubblico molto più ampio.
WAVES è un progetto multimediale che indaga l'ambiente urbano nelle metropoli della Corea del Sud, zona interessata da una rapida urbanizzazione avvenuta nel corso di pochi decenni e tutt'ora in corso. Anche in un paesaggio dominato dall'animale uomo e dai simboli della modernità, piccoli angoli di natura - una dimensione ormai a metà strada tra ricordo del passato e fenomeno pop - rischiarano e danno respiro ad una vita altrimenti immersa nel cemento.
WAVES is a multimedia project that deals with the urban environment of the South Korean metropolis. Within a landscape dominated by humans and their symbols of modernity, small corners of Nature are trapped in a dimension between memory and folklore providing breathing space to a concrete-based existence.
Credits: Photography/editing: Agnese Morganti Music: Zen Valley, Josh Kirsch, Media Rights Production (YouTube Audio Library)
Questa settimana ho passato la domenica sera in Chinatown, a Prato, in contemporanea con la finale degli Europei di Calcio. Questo perché mi ero accorta che un locale aveva installato il maxischermo e quindi mi sono chiesta come e cosa tifassero i cinesi. La risposta ve la dà Pratosfera nel bellissimo articolo a firma di Alessandro Pattume, che parla di calcio e non solo - anche di musica e danze arabe. Strano no? Andate a leggerlo.
The European Championships Final as seen from the streets of Chinatown, Prato. A weekend report on local news blog Pratosfera, with my pictures. Go read it now! (Italian only, sorry).
Nella settimana dal 2 al 9 Maggio prendo in consegna l'account instagram di Aurora Fotografi, dove pubblico la prima selezione del mio nuovo progetto sulla Chinatown di Prato. Oggi è il day 2! Seguite questa bellissima piattaforma per la giovane fotografia italiana, della quale sono felicissima di far parte.
Questa settimana pubblicherò alcune delle foto che avete già visto su CANTUCCINA (ma solo alcune!) e un sacco di materiale nuovo. Da queste prime sette foto nascerà il mio nuovo reportage sulla vita - tutta la vita - della Chinatown di Prato, con un occhio particolare alle nuove generazioni, alle donne che come sempre sono un grande motore per il cambiamento, e alla moda come territorio di comunicazione tra culture.
Questo è solo il secondo giorno e devo dire che, dopo un mese esatto dalla nascita di CANTUCCINA - quasi un po' per scherzo - questo takeover si sta rivelando un momento davvero molto bello ed importante per lavorare a queste immagini in maniera diversa e più approfondita.
Seguitemi in questa settimana e fatemi sapere se secondo voi c'è (o dovrebbe esserci) differenza oggi tra un reportage, un fashion blog e una serie fotografica. Chissà se troverò una risposta a questo quesito in soli sette giorni...
Ho deciso di pormi degli obiettivi per il nuovo anno. Uno di questi è fare più foto, l'altro è pubblicare di più. Il terzo è un obiettivo per questo anno: trovare più decorazioni di Natale assurde che posso e farvele vedere. Cominciano le #blogseries, reportage fotografici pubblicati a puntate su questo blog. Dove porteranno non lo so, sono notoriamente sporadica nel fare le cose quindi non aspettatevi granché. Però a cominciarle sono bravissima, pertanto, ecco a voi WEIRDMAS, una serie di fotografie dedicata alle decorazioni di Natale più sceme e creative che trovo. Si comincia con il Babbo Natale astronauta e l'alberino micragnoso della mia mamma.
WEIRDMAS is a new documentary blogseries (a documentary project that I'm sharing as a work in progress on this blog) that explores the weirdness of Italian Christmas decorations. I will photograph the craziest Italian Christmas decorations I can find and post them on here for your absolute joy. Eventually, I'm going to have a wonderful new photographic series. Happy Old Year resolution everyone. Let me know what you think.
LIl mio progetto multimediale WAVES, dedicato al delicato equilibrio tra esseri umani ed ambiente naturale nelle megalopoli coreane, è stato selezionato per Slideluck Bologna II, un appuntamento di Slideluck Potshow a cura di Chiara Bardelli Nonino, photoeditor di Vogue Italia. Con questa bella notizia inauguro la sezione MULTIMEDIA del mio sito internet, dove convoglieranno i nuovi progetti video su cui sto lavorando. Ci vediamo a Bologna il 21 Novembre!
My multimedia project WAVES, dedicated to the delicate balance between civilisation and natural environment in Korean megalopolis, has been selected for Slideluck Bologna II, a Slideluck Potshow event curated by Chiara Bardelli Nonino, photoeditor at Vogue Italia. With this great news I also inaugurate the newest section of my website: the MULTIMEDIA page will showcase the upcoming video projects that I'm working on at the moment. Thank you and see you in Bologna!
Piccolo reportage dal National Wool Museum di Drefach Felindre, in Galles sul blog di Dyeing House Gallery. Questo perché il cuore di noi pratesi batte sempre al ritmo di un telaio. Ecco una piccola selezione di foto e se siete in UK e vi va di girellare in macchina, fateci un salto. C'è molto di più che soltanto Londra da quelle parti.
My little reportage from the National Wool Museum has just been published in the Dyeing House Gallery Blog. Have fun and make sure you visit the Museum if you're in the UK for a long weekend. There's much more to that than just London.
Hey everyone it's summer already and life rhythms are getting slower and slower (well, in theory) and nicer and nicer (for real!). That's why I've been in the mood for doing something nicer and different and, well, slower with my photography. And yep, that's Steller.
My good good friend and social media guru Carlotta - along with many others - has been making fun of me (with me, ofc) about this new photo crush of mine. But hey have you seen it? Steller I've got a serious photo crush on you. I'm gonna tell you why.
1. Steller stories look great
Design-wise, it's the best thing to ever happen to photography on a smartphone. Don't even try denying you're sick of Instagram's old square format - and if you're still denying it, well, I am sick of it. I get really sad every time I have to crop something off my pics (because no, I don't shoot through Instagram). I've been using Instasize for quite some time, I like the look of pictures on a white frame but Steller's built-in layouts make everything look really nice and smooth. I love the fact that there are limited options in terms of possible layouts (please dear Steller, do not expand them too much) and that all of them are smooth and minimal and let photography really stand out. This is what good design should do. I could go on and on with the (limited) choice of stylish fonts and the (again, limited) chances you're given to combine text and pictures... and did you notice? here limited is a good thing. There's only a limited number of good designs and most of the times, it is really hard to nail the right one if you're not an expert and especially if your photos are a bit all over the place. But you can trust Steller on that one.
2. A good Steller story takes time to make
Which means, yup you get it, you actually need some work to make it work. Steller is easy to use and beautifully functional (again, what good design should be), but not straightforward and foolproof. You actually have to be a bit passionate about layout, about making photos and text work together on a (single) page, however small and digital it might be. As an average, it has taken me about three days to produce my favourite stories, so far. I might be the slowest on the team, but for me it's just natural to make drafts and revisit after a while.
Time also means that, maybe Steller is for most - but not for all. I doubt that anyone would take a few hours of their time just to design a Steller story of they wurstleg selfies or any other Instacliches out there. Yup, the place for instagratification where your bathroom selfies get showered with likes is entirely another one. And I'm quite happy about it.
3. Embed & enjoy
Here's my latest story, EGGS:
EGGS by yours truly
Looks cool, uh? There are plenty of other stories, from food to wedding photography and some photojournalism is finding its way in there as well, much much better than mine actually. And I have the feeling that each and every one of them gets a bit of love from the Steller editors, patiently checking them out (well done there) and taking their time to showcase as many as they can to help them be seen.
You might actually find it a bit hard to break through the community at first, or at least, that was my impression. The bar is set quite high: quality stories and quality content are top priorities to get the attention of the community. However, don't be discouraged: stay true and genuine to your story, get inspired and just flip through as many stories as you can from the Stellerverse - that's where top content gets reposted by the editors, trust Steller on the design and you'll make it.
I might be sharing more stories and more findings in the future. And if anyone from #stelleritalia would like to get in touch and organise meetings, I'm ready to help. <3
So, to end 2013 with a joyful work twist, I made a newsprint foodie magazine with my mum - because she's a veggie chef and I love newsprint, that is - and, long story short: we had great fun, people went berserk over it, all copies were sold out on the release night and our amazing printer Newspaper Club of London also picked it as the Paper of the Month for December 2013. Check out some pictures below of our issue #1 and the lovely blog post by Newspaper Club and the full PDF. Issue #2 is out in March. I love life, I guess? #happy2014 is really happy.
*click on the pic below to flip through the spreadsheets gallery*
Today I made a Facebook page to go with my latest project Made In The New Italy, currently undergoing a lively early production stage. This marks a new beginning for me as a photographer: what usually happens is you shoot a project first, then you edit it, then you tell the world about it and so on. Not this time. Let's do it the other way round.
I'd like to use this page as an open resource to tell people about the work I'd like to produce. I think of it as a sort of project-specific online business card, as well as a super useful backstage notebook, production journal, call it whatever you like. It helps me to track down what I'm doing, it helps other to better understand what they're becoming involved in.
Plus, I know that Facebook plays a key role in how young Chinese people interact with others their age and most of my contacts, interactions, exchanges and discoveries happen through the controversial blue social network. Unprofessional? Maybe. Bad thing? Not really.
It is my outmost goal to get people interested in what I do to the point they feel safe and comfortable having me around and showing me a bit of their lives. I'm not interested in hit & run photography, bag the money shot and bye-bye, just-be-my-picture photography. This is not the way I work. I discover things by being with people and sharing experiences with them. And since Facebook is the perfect place to be up close and personal, let's go with it. Let's explore where the boundaries really are and how to overcome them. Hint? Lots of talking. That's what I'm also doing with you, right now.
If you want to follow #madeinthenewitaly, I'll be glad. Also, you'll have noticed by now that I have subtly redesigned the overall website organization. And soon I will start writing in Italian as well. Because this is actually where I am based. And turns out that it is the shadow subject of this whole thing I'm doing.
The first installment of the FRESH! Young Italian Photography workshop is online. I'm just back from the intense first weekend of works that left me excited & energized. My colleagues are a bunch of crazy talented people and I'm sorry we only get to meet once every three months. This time we enjoyed the company of visiting lecturer Eliseo Barbàra, founder and curator at MoST Artists as well as of our permanent tutors Simone Donati & Emiliano Mancuso.
I am really happy of having been selected as a participant of FRESH! Young Italian Photographers. For a whole year, I will have the chance of developing a photo project under the guidance of some really ace people in the industry, whose work I deeply respect and love. It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity in Italy, where not much is done to promote and showcase the work of young emerging photographers, so kudos to YarT for making it possible & all my gratitude for picking my project proposal. Check out the amazing team of tutors & students: this is going to be fun! and I will keep you posted.
Goodbye to my good friend Nedo Coppini, legendary hard news reporter from Prato, where I live, who passed away yesterday night.
The Living Image is a blog dedicated to tracing the legacy of photojournalism's most iconic shots, though people's tributes, remakes and derivative works.
I am desperately in love with photojournalism, all of it, current and past, being - at times - lucky enough to feel myself a part of it. I first thought of opening the blog after studying the rich afterlife of famous pictures: just how many times have we seen the Afghan Girl outside the familiar NatGeo's yellow frame? And did you know that an autographed version of the Kiss in Times Square was once authenticated to be sold as memorabilia?
I will scan the www looking for these examples of the lingering and evocative power of the pictures that made history, with an amused and affectionate look. If you're on Tumblr, come say hi.
Spending the very first hours of 2013 finalizing my latest project Relics, collection #1 for the upcoming exhibition Officina Re-Think, kicking off next Saturday Jan 05th. Final series soon available online, in the meantime, looking forward to seeing you in Prato if you're around, make sure you check out the official Facebook page.
Officina Re-Think - Festival del Riuso e Riciclo Creativo
5-6 Gennaio 2013, Officina Giovani, Prato
Mostra collettiva a cura di Pamela Gori con testo critico di Alessandro Gallicchio, con gli scatti di: Rachele Salvioli, Agnese Morganti, Barbel Reinhard, Alessandro Destro e Lorenzo Cotrozzi.
08/01/2013: And here's a nice article about the exhibition in Artribune.
Wonderful news: Oh Comely, hands down one of the best magazines on planet Earth, just published an extract of Italian Dinners - complete with a set of juicy Italian-vegetarian recipes and an interview + portrait with yours truly.
Make sure you check out Oh Comely as they're an amazingly talented bunch of people making possibly the most beautiful magazine out there.
Another small multimedia production of mine has been featured by XL Repubblica: here's the interview with Pierpaolo Capovilla from Il Teatro Degli Orrori talking about his collaboration with Tongs, the avant-garde art, Carmelo Bene, and Italian Politics.